Posts Tagged ‘Sentence Grammar’

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It’s Not Just Error

posted: 9.25.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students identify what they feel is their strongest statement/sentence in the paper. Then have them write about the sentence using the handbook and its terms. For example, “My sentence uses two clauses, both with active verbs…” The goal is to have students see how grammar is not just about being “wrong” but is an active force in helping them make strong sentences, better papers, and better grades.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Grammar & Style, Revising
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Close Reading / Close Attention

posted: 9.25.06 by Barclay Barrios

While looking at quotations from the essays under discussion, fold in a discussion of grammar. Examine the verb, subject, and object of a crucial sentence, having students identify each term using the handbook. How does sentence structure make argument?

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Categories: Basic Writing, Grammar & Style
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Babel Grammar

posted: 9.25.06 by Barclay Barrios

Have students take a sentence from their drafts and translate it into another language using an online tool such as Babel Fish or Google’s Language Tools. Students might even choose to translate it several times (from English to French to German to Chinese); in the end, translate it back into English. The resulting sentence will be a mess. Have students use the handbook to determine where the mess happened and why (e.g., “The verb shifted in tense and number”).

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Wicked Revision

posted: 9.25.06 by Barclay Barrios

Choose a sentence from the essay the class is reading. Have students revise it to make the sentence less effective, though still correct. Discuss as a class what sentence elements make it less effective. Students should be able to explain why the revision is correct by citing advice in their handbook.

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Categories: Assignment Idea, Collaboration, Grammar & Style, Revising
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